Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet
2017 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature
Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet by Sanae Ishida (Little Bigfoot)
This is the second in a creative series featuring Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl and her friend, Chibi Samurai. Author and illustrator Sanae Ishida creates whimsical, engaging characters to lead young readers into Japanese culture. Clues to traditional games and toys, folktales and legends, musical instruments, and pastimes such as collecting insects are hidden throughout the watercolor illustrations. Children will love the humorous text, and a guide at the end, “Did you know,” offers practical information.